Dec 09 2013

Phages: Useful for More Than Just Medicine

Published by at 10:52 pm under Uncategorized

One last thought for today…… Most articles that can be found regarding phages discuss their medicinal implications such as their ability to combat certain types of human conditions such as MRSA or TB, however I found this article interesting because it shows the wide range of implications that phages and the research we are working on can have on our world. In this article the author discusses how even diseases that affect plants can be targeted by phages to save entire ecosystems, in this case the Australian Great Barrier Reef.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-23773672

 

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  1. bryan_gibbonon 10 Dec 2013 at 3:10 pm

    Corals are actually animals with symbiotic photosynthetic dinoflagellates. The coral polyps are very similar to anemones with the body in the stony skeleton and the tentacles sticking out into the water to catch food.

  2. Chloe' Sellson 13 Dec 2013 at 3:17 pm

    Ohh, that makes so much more sense! I still find it amazing that something as small as a phage can affect an entire underwater ecosystem 🙂

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